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Peabody Square becomes symbol of Marathon blast's toll

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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A memorial for Martin Richard at the Peabody Square Clock in Dorchester.


Dorchester’s Peabody Square has become a visible symbol of loss and mourning in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings.

The square's iconic clock has been stopped at 2:50 p.m., when the first explosion went off Monday, to honor victims and to remember a young Dorchester resident who lost his life.

Black cloth, flowers, and cards surround the clock as it serves as a make-shift memorial for Martin Richard, 8, who lived not far from the square..

“The clock is in the center of the neighborhood and is a symbol for the community,” said Jeffery Gonyeau, the keeper of the clock, who stopped it Tuesday. “It seemed appropriate.”

“I hope it reminds people of the family and provides hope,” said Gonyeau, who lives in the area and served with Martin’s father on the St. Marks Area Main Street’s Board. “They were an important family in the community; it’s a devastating blow.”

Gonyeau, who has to wind the clock weekly, doesn’t know when it will start ticking again, but said for now it serves best as a memorial.

“It’s turned out to be a place for people to mourn and provide the family some privacy,” he said.

On Wednesday, commuters and residents passed by the flags and flowers at the clock's base with some briefly stopping to offer a prayer.

Martin Richard, an avid baseball player, was honored along with the other victims of Monday’s bombing at a vigil Tuesday night at Garvey Park in Dorchester. To read more about his life and the community he called home, click here.

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The clock stopped at 2:50 p.m.


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